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BENTON – The sky may not be falling for local campgrounds, but the front porches and gravel driveways will have to change, along with business fees. At last week’s Marshall County Fiscal Court meeting, a Tennessee Valley Authority representative attempted to ease concerns over the federally owned company’s proposed changes to commercial recreation agreements.

James Adams, commercial recreation manager for TVA, said proposed lease agreement changes, which will take effect as current ones expire, are designed to increase public recreation opportunities and set a reasonable fee structure. Adams said that while fees for most campgrounds owners will rise, they most likely wouldn’t be as high as some operators fear.

Adams also addressed concerns over permanent sites at campgrounds.

“Length of stay issues is something we’ve had a difficult time with,” Adams said. “We don’t want the campgrounds to be permanent residential. We go through and there’s an LP tank, there’s a mailbox. Those are permanent facilities. We’re trying with these lands TVA is providing to provide a public recreation opportunity. If it becomes just a residence, that’s what TVA doesn’t want.”

A large portion of campground revenues are generated from the permanent residences, but TVA will require campsites to be cleared two weeks out of the year. Past TVA regulations did not allow for permanent residences on campsites, but Adams said it was not previously enforced.

“We will allow a percentage of them to stay 11 and a half months,” Adams said. “We want a percentage of those sites where transients coming through can have a place to stay.”

Plans are currently to allow for 75 percent long-term and 25 percent transient. The percentages are still being considered and will not take effect until 2013.
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The Tennessee Valley Authority’s 11 seasonal campgrounds on reservoirs throughout the Tennessee River Valley will open for the 2010 recreation season on Friday, March 19. The campground season runs through Nov. 15.

For the first time, three sites will remain open through Dec. 13: Douglas Dam Headwater

Campground, Douglas Dam Tailwater Campground and Pickwick Dam Tailwater Campground.

TVA’s day-use recreation areas located on dam reservations remain open year-round. Day-use recreation areas are used for hiking, fishing, boating, picnicking, wildlife viewing and swimming.

Opening hours for the campgrounds and additional information on recreation opportunities on TVA reservoirs are available by calling 800-882-5263 or visit www.tva.com/river/recreation.

TVA campgrounds that will open on March 19 are:

  1. Cherokee Dam Campground – Cherokee Reservoir
  2. Douglas Dam Headwater  Campground – Douglas Reservoir
  3. Douglas Dam Tailwater Campground – Douglas Reservoir
  4. Foster Falls Campground – Marion County, Tenn.
  5. Melton Hill Dam Campground – Melton Hill Reservoir
  6. Barton Springs Campground – Normandy Reservoir
  7. Loyston Point Campground – Norris Reservoir
  8. Pickwick Dam Tailwater Campground – Pickwick Reservoir
  9. Watauga Dam Tailwater Campground – Watauga Reservoir
  10. Mallard Creek Campground – Wheeler Reservoir
  11. Wilson Dam Rockpile Campground – Wilson Reservoir

The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states at prices below the national average. TVA, which receives no taxpayer money and makes no profits, also provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists utilities and state and local governments with economic development.

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